Entries in the 'Hawaii' Category

March 13, 2006

Fil Slash’s Week of Tiki Radio in Hawaii

Filed under: Hawaii,Music,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 1:00 pm

Oahu radio personality (and rabid tikiphile) Fil Slash is guest hosting “Heckathorn’s Hotplate” all this week, while regular host John Heckathorn is in Greece. Fil has taken this opportunity to line up some tiki guests for the Hawaii-based talk show. The show is about wine, beer and events around Hawaii, and airs Monday through Friday between 12:05 p.m. and 1 p.m. on 1420 KKEA-AM. The tiki guests are scheduled to come on right about 12:35 each day (that’s 2:35 p.m. here on the west coast, 5:35 p.m. on the east coast). Here’s the lineup:

Monday — Fluid Floyd of “Don Tiki.”
Tuesday — Hawaii Music Award nominee, Henry Kapono of “C&K,” and solo fame…
Wednesday — Hawaii Music Award nominee, TC’s own Pablus of the “Crazed Mugs”…
Thursday — (We have his contact #, and the producer is trying to book him in time) Al Harrington.
Friday is a short program, so no third guest…

Wednesday in particular should be a great listen. The show is streamed online — to access the broadcast, go to the KKEA website and login (registration is free and painless), then under “Now Playing” on the main page, click “listen here.”

December 19, 2005

Tiki New Year’s Eve 2006 Parties

Filed under: Chicago,Events,Ft. Lauderdale & Miami,Hawaii,Los Angeles,San Diego,San Francisco,Tiki,Trader Vic's — Humuhumu @ 1:38 am
Hanford Lemoore at the Reef Bar in Palm Springs for NYE 2005
Hanford Lemoore at the Reef Bar in
Palm Springs for NYE 2005

If you’re still pondering the right place to be for New Year’s Eve 2006, you’re running out of time! You can probably still get into these great events happening around the country:

San Diego NYE Tiki Weekend: Last year’s tiki event at the Caliente Tropics was hugely successful, but the hotel has gone seriously downhill in terms of tiki-friendliness this past year. Thanks to the organizational efforts of Monkeyman, this year’s big Tiki Central New Year’s event is happening in San Diego. A home bar tour is planned for daytime Saturday, and the main event is taking place with a Polynesian spectacular at the Bali Hai restaurant. Things will also be afoot on Sunday, with possibilities including brunch, bowling and trips to downtown San Diego. It’s sure to be a special evening. The number of tickets available for the Bali Hai is dwindling, if you’re interested, read the thread on Tiki Central for details on how to make reservations.

San Francisco Trader Vic’s: A special dinner event is planned for NYE, with a floor show by Spirit of Polynesia dance troupe, and a full multi-course prix fixe meal. This is where Hanford & I will be spending our NYE. For reservations, call Trader Vic’s at (415) 775-6300.

Forbidden World of Don Tiki in Waikiki: A special performance by Don Tiki in Hawaii, at the Pacific Beach Hotel Grand Ballroom. Tickets to the show are $80 and include two drinks; in addition a bar & buffet are available. Visit the Pacific Beach Hotel website (link below) for details.

Dave’s Birthday at the Purple Orchid in El Segundo: I haven’t seen an official announcement, but New Year’s Eve is the birthday of Dave, owner of the Purple Orchid in El Segundo (near Los Angeles). In years past, there’s been a great band booked, and birthday cake & appetizers for all. Contact the Purple Orchid for details at (310) 322-5829.

Mai Kai in Ft. Lauderdale: A group is getting together to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Mai Kai — if I lived in southern Florida, this would be a no-brainer. To make reservations, contact the Mai Kai at (954) 563-3272, if you’d like to be included in the Tiki Central group, read the thread on TC for details.

Chicago area, Trader Vic’s: New Year’s Eve is the last night that the Chicago Trader Vic’s will be open. It has the potential to be rather depressing, and not for the faint of heart, but it also might be special to be there for the final night.

Chicago area, Chef Shangri-La: Performances by the Windy City Islanders, a roast pig buffet for $18, full regular menu available, drink specials, and no cover — an unsually affordable tiki NYE event, and the bar and drinks at Chef Shangri-La are above par. Call (708) 442-7080 for reservations.

Chicago area, Tiki Terrace: This new bar & restaurant is having a New Year’s Eve event with a performance by the Cocktail Preachers, and a raffle featuring a tiki by Lake Surfer. Contact Tiki Terrace for details at (630) 788-0395.

If your part of the country isn’t listed here, don’t fret — simply look for a bar near you in Critiki, and give them a call. Many places will have something planned for the evening.

September 23, 2005

International Market Place Carver, Edward Malcombe Brownlee

Filed under: Hawaii,History,People,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 12:01 pm
Edward Malcombe Brownlee -- from the collection of Bongofury
Edward Malcombe Brownlee,
from the collection of Bongofury

Bongofury has posted about an article he’s found from 1958, profiling a youngun’ from Oregon who’d moved to Oahu to work on his Masters in Art at the University of Hawaii. Edward Malcombe Brownlee started his post-Masters career by carving idols for restaurant and hotel developments in Waikiki, and went on to do many tikis for the International Market Place. Hawaii radio personality Fil Slash has a book featuring Brownlee in the works, set for release next spring. Today, Brownlee (who goes by Mick) lives in Neahkahnie Beach in Oregon with his wife, Phyllis and his Airdale, Mr. Bones, and carves from jade.

September 14, 2005

1961 Hawaiian Vacation Scrapbook

Filed under: Hawaii,History,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 1:20 pm
Hawaiian trip scrapbook, from the collection of the jab
Hawaiian trip scrapbook, from the collection of the jab

The Jab made a fantastic discovery at a recent estate sale — the scrapbook from a woman’s vacation to Hawaii in 1961. Quoth the jab:

Miss Lorraine Penniman of Oakland booked an escorted cruise tour through American Express for passage on Matson Lines’ SS Mariposa from San Francisco to Honolulu. According to the tour itinerary the ship arrived in Honolulu on the 6th. day, she toured Waikiki for the 7th. through 11th. days, flew to Maui and then Hilo, Hawaii on the 12th. day, stayed in Hawaii until the 15th. day, when she flew to Kauai, and returning to Honlulu on the 17th. day. But there is a receipt from the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki for 11 days lodging so I’m not sure if she stayed in Waikiki or went on the tour.

The cost for the cruise and tour was $907 ($395 for the cruise and $512 for the tour and lodging). The Royal Hawaiian Hotel receipt showed a charge of $194.59 for 11 nights. Miss Penniman flew home on Pan Am to San Francisco for $133.

For those keeping track at home, Miss Penniman spent at least $1235 on this trip — that’s right around $8000 today, accounting for inflation. And a deluxe trip it was — her scrapbook is full of menus, napkins, cruise directories, maps, brochures, receipts, greeting cards (Bon Voyage!), postcards, postcards and more postcards. The Jab has posted many photos of the scrapbook on Tiki Central.

September 6, 2005

Midcentury Hawaiian Hotel Interiors

Filed under: Hawaii,History,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 12:02 pm
Hotel King Kamehameha -- from the collection of Sabu the Coconut Boy
Hotel King Kamehameha, from the collection of Sabu the Coconut Boy

In the 1950s and ’60s, it was common for a hotel to provide its guests with postcards, which would promote the hotel to the folks back home. These postcards provide an excellent look at what staying at these hotels might have been like, with many of the postcards offering views of the hotel room. While a basic hotel room may not sound very exotic, these are no basic hotel rooms — with the variety in the bed and lamp designs, room layouts, and photo staging — it’s quite an Lose Weight Exercise in time travel. Tiki ephemera collectors Sabu the Coconut Boy and puamana each have impressive collections of these interior shots, and are sharing them tag-team style on a thread on Tiki Central.

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